Travels in the Timannee, Kooranko, and Soolima Countries, in Western Africa, Volume 1

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J. Murray, 1825 - Africa, West - 465 pages
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Page 245 - The snake was obedient, and the musician continued : " Snake, you must dance, for a white man has come to Falaba ; dance, snake, for this is indeed a happy day. • The snake twisted itself about, raised its head, curled, leaped, and performed various feats, of which I should not have supposed a snake capable ; at the conclusion, the musician walked out of the yard, followed by the reptile, leaving me in no small degree astonished, and the rest of the company not a little pleased that a black man...
Page 236 - ... in brightness with the rays of the departing sun! They are strong and powerful ; yea, they are men ! and they have sworn on the Al Koran that they will destroy the capital of the Sulima nation. So, shake off that drowsiness, brave Yaradee, thou lion of war!
Page 158 - Kooranko people; the white man ate nothing but fish when he lived in the water, and that is the cause of his being so thin. If he came among black men he would get fat, for they would give him cows, goats, and sheep to eat, and his thirst should be quenched with draughts of milk.
Page 92 - I have always seen those enclosures approached with reverential awe, and have been informed that the smallest encroachment upon them would subject the aggressor to the most awful punishment from the Purrah, an institution which is much dreaded by the whole of this unhappy country ; their power supersedes even that of the head-men of the districts, and their deeds of secrecy and darkness are as little called in question, or inquired into, as those of the inquisition were in Europe, in former years....
Page 162 - ... of camwood trees, their deep shade affording a relief to the lighter hue of the smaller herbage. "These, with a murmuring rivulet, meandering through the centre, exhibited the appearance of a well cultivated and tastefully arranged garden, rather than a tract amid the wilds of Africa; whilst, in the distance, mountain towered above mountain in all the grandeur and magnificence of nature.
Page 229 - I found him a good-looking man, about sixty years of age ; his countenance, mild, agreeable, and inoffensive in its expression ; he is rather taller than the generality of Soosoos, being about five feet eleven inches in height; and his plain loose garment of black country cloth became him well.
Page 379 - I get nothing; if I get any thing, I do ill to other people, and the book says that is not right. If I make trade, I do myself good, I do other people good; I hurt nobody. I must try what you tell me for one year, and if I get money, I shall not fight for slaves again.
Page 130 - The cap is composed of blue or red cloth, is conical in shape, and neatly worked with different coloured threads ; the shirt, which hangs loosely over the trowsers, is truly simple in its construction, being formed of about a fathom or more of blue or white baft doubled, with a small hole cut in the top to admit the head ; the sides are sewed up about half-way, leaving sufficient room for the play of the arms ; trowsers of the same materials reach merely to the knee ; they are made very wide, and...
Page 132 - ... or shoemaker ; and the noomo, or blacksmith ; all of whom are high in the scale of society, and are possessed of great privileges. They travel throughout the country unmolested, even in war ; and strangers, if of the sable hue, are always safe under their protection.
Page 244 - Falaba with 30,000 men; they came down the hills like the rolling of a mighty river; they said, Falaba men, pay, or we will burn your town. The brave Yarradee sent a barbed arrow against the Foulahs, and said, you must slay me first. — The fight began; the sun hid his face; he would not behold the number of the slain. The clouds which covered the skies frowned, like the brow of the Kelle Mansa* — The Foulahs fought like men; and the ditch around Falaba was filled with their slain . — What could...

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